New Congolese band at Sage June 11th


Mbongwana Star plus Estère
Saturday 11th June, 2016. 8pm at Sage Gateshead
Mbongwana Star is a newly formed 7-piece band from the Democratic Republic of Congo and their debut album From Kinshasa was released in May. The band features Coco Ngabali and Theo Nzonza of Staff Benda Bilili.
In the shanty-villages of Kinshasa, Africa’s third largest city, bands, music and musical instruments are recycled. Two of the founding musician’s Coco Ngambali and Theo Nzonza worked with maverick Parisian musician and hip-hop and electro producer Doctor L to hone their assault of percussion, guitars and voices into a fusion of traditional Congolese rhythms and post-punk bass and electronics.
Estère is a girl with an MPC she calls Lola. She produces all her own songs with Lola, mostly at home in her pyjamas. Estère plays/records a mixture of bass, synth, drums, guitar,vocal harmonies, keyboard, whistles, claps, kazoo, desk tapping and anything else that might take her fancy then layers her production with pulsating rhythms and evocative melodies that adhere to the genre of Electric Blue Witch hop.

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